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Feb 3, 2013 6:00am PST
washington if you're looking at chuck hagel this week with those hearings. will he end up in fact, being confirmed. >> i think he's going to end up getting confirmed. i spoke to roy blunt. who said he will vote no on hagel but not support a filibuster. we know a second senator from the state is going to join him. he has the votes to get confirmed. the bigger question now, erica, and it's a topic we're going to discuss today, is he politically strong enough to do the things that need to be done in the defense department? there's going to be some huge budget battles. considering how badly he was treated by republicans and this relationship being as bad as it is, can he be effective in the job? and i think that's now an open question. >> open one. we'll check back to see what's coming up with you on "meet the press". >>> now an update of the other top stories. tom, good morning. >> good morning, lester, erica, good morning, everyone. and a scary ride home. the over sized charter bus hit a low overpass sending 34 to the hospital. one in critical condition. firefighters had to use the
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Feb 15, 2013 7:00am EST
nominee chuck hagel. chief white house correspondent and political director chuck todd has the very latest. good morning, chuck. >> good morning, natalie. president obama is standing by his embattled defense secretary nominee, chuck hagel as his former senate republican nominee put up that roadblock that is an attempt not just to kill the nomination but also delay it. >> the ayes are 58. the nays are 40. >> chuck hagel came up short of a 60 vote filibuster roadblock that senate republicans demanded, delaying what could still be his confirmation vote by at least two weeks. president obama was emphatic in his defense of his embattled nominee. >> chuck hagel, who richly deserves to get a vote on the floor of the senate, will be confirmed as our defense secretary. it's just unfortunate that this kind of politics intrudes at a time when i'm still preside iin over a war in afghanistan. >> reporter: some republicans want more time because they say hagel hasn't provided enough information on speeches he gave in the last five years. others say they want more information from president obama about b
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Feb 15, 2013 9:00am EST
nominee chuck hagel. they will try again to advance his confirmation when they return from a ten-day recess. >>> former presidential candidate now a grandfather to 20 children. ann tweeted the good news on valentine's day about her growing family and share this had picture of the proud mom and dad, mary and craig romney. congratulations to them. >>> most wives might expect their husbands to surprise them on valentine's day, this woman turned the tables by hiring a singing telegram to serenade her hubby where he works, the dmv in kansas. ♪ >> all righty then. too much caffeine? that's phil harmonic, belting out "kiss from a rose" bringing out laughter there from the dmv for the first time in history. >> i want to go to that dmv. there's nobody there. >> that line is great. >> what is that? is it closed? >> if you need to have your driver's license renewed, you know where to go. >> pleasant-looking dmv. >> clean, wide open, bright windows. >> a man in a red suit serenading you. >> i call it heaven! anyway, let's show you what we've got as far as your weather is concerned. threat of s
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Feb 17, 2013 6:00am PST
hagel, the president's choice for defense secretary. his nomination in limbo, were even though many suspect he will eventually be confirmed. why are they making this process so difficult? we'll talk to david gregory and get analysis 06 that. >>> plus, have you ever wondered what it's like to train as a g man? >> i have wondered 245. >> well, you're sitting next to the right guy. i was in quantico, virginia. they deal with a car stop, hand-to-hand combat. and what we learned about fighting crime and you were brushing up on your car knowledge. >> i was. i was doing a little bit of that. we hear women don't know what much about cars. we get a bad rap. one woman who knows a lot about cars wants to change that perception. i spent a day changing oil. as part of a unique class designed for women by a woman. its goal is to make both our cars and the repair shop a little less intimidating. >> i wouldn't recognize anything under a hood anymore. they're all computers and boxes now. >> computers do such a good job keeping check of your car, that's more reason to know. >> we begin with winter we
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Feb 27, 2013 7:00am PST
partisan bickering, chuck hagel takes his oath of office today. the senate decided to confirm hagel after the gop shut down its filibuster. >>> some 100,000 homes and businesses are without power across the nation's mid section this morning after a winter storm battered residents from texas to kansas for a second time in less than a week. roofs collapsed across the region, under heavy snow killing one person in oklahoma. traffic accidents caused by icy road conditions killed two people in kansas and meantime in a texas panhandle, schools and major highways are closed yet again today. today we'll have much more with al on the forecast in just a moment. new images this morning of the deadly hot air balloon crash that killed 19 tourists on the sight-seeing tour in the ancient egyptian city of luxor. after catching fire it plunged 1,000 feet. all of the country's hot air balloonses grounded. >>> as the crisis in syria escalates the obama administration is considering whether or not to provide assistance to the forces. the direct aid could include military equipment, vehicles and trainin
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Feb 12, 2013 7:00am EST
confirmed yet. one of those could take a large step toward confirmation. chuck hagel should get committee approval today, which means he could be confirmed by thursday. >> valerie jarrett is senior adviser to president obama. good morning to you. >> good morning, savannah. how are you? >> very well, thank you. i do want to talk about the state of the union. let's start with north korea, which conducted its third and most powerful nuclear test overnight. convening an emergency meeting of the security council, the u.n. is, but what is left in the sanctions of one of the countries that is the most sanctioned and still defies? >> it violates multiple u.n. security resolutions. it is threatening to the united states, it is destabilizing and not necessarily in the best interest of north korea. it doesn't strengthen north korea. it makes it more vulnerable, isolates it and increases the impoverishment of the country. let's not get ahead that have meeting and see what happens. >> the president addressing the nation tonight, i want to start by reading you a quote from the president. now is the tim
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Feb 1, 2013 7:00am EST
. >>> put to a vote some time last week after hagel was met with sharp questions on either side of the aisle. capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell has more on that. kelly, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, matt. the white house is not sounding any alarm bells. officials do say this was not a perfect performance from chuck hagel who, as you point out, is a republican who spent 12 years here in the senate representing nebraska. that should have made him very familiar with hearing that can get contentious, but it didn't turn out that way. respected for his decorated combat service in vietnam, but repeatedly pressed about his views on today's hot spots, even democrats took issue when chuck hagel referred to iran as a legitimate government. >> i do not see iran or the iranian government as a legitimate government. i want your thoughts on that. >> what i meant to say is it's recognizable, is recognized at the united nations. >> reporter: both parties wanted reassurance on israel. >> i'm a strong supporter of israel. i have been. i will continue to be. >> reporter: while hage
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Feb 15, 2013 7:00am PST
standoff in washington as senate republicans block a vote to confirm nominee chuck hagel. nbc's chief white house correspondent chuck todd has the very latest. >> reporter: good morning. president obama is and thi stan chuck hagel. as the former senate nominees put up the road block not only to kill the nomination, but also delay it. the yays are 58, nays are 40. one senator announced present. >> reporter: with that senate vote, chuck hagel came short of a 60-vote, and stalling his confirmation vote by two weeks. president obama was emphatic in his defense of the em battled nominee. >> chuck hagel who richly it was to get a vote on the floor of the senate will be confirmed as our defense secretary. it's unfortunate that this kind of politics intrudes at a time when i'm still presiding over a war in afghanistan. >> reporter: some republicans want more time because they say hagel hasn't provided enough information on speeches he gave in the last five years. others want more information from the president about benghazi. ultimately, hagel's issues with the former gop colleagues are perso
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Feb 3, 2013 8:00am EST
washington if you are looking at chuck hagel this week. with those hearings. will he end up, in fact, being confirmed. >> i think he is going to end up getting confirmed. i talked with one republican senator, roy blunt, who said he is going to vote no on hagel but not going to support a fil fillibuster. the bigger question, is he politically strong enough to do the things that need to be done in the defense department? there will be some huge budget battles. considering how badly he was treated by republicans and this relationship being as bad as it is between senate republicans and chuck hagel, can he he be effective in the job? >> open and very important. we will check back with you to see what's coming up on meet the press. >>> tom llamas is in for jenna. >>> we begin with a scary ride home for a college visit for dozens of high school students in boston. the oversize charter bus they were in hit a low overpass sending 34 to the hospital. one is in critical condition. firefighters had to use the jaws of life to free some of them. they were on their way back to philadelphia af
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Feb 26, 2013 7:00am EST
. >> good morning, matt and savannah. good morning, everyone. defense secretary nominee chuck hagel after republicans stalled his nomination, the former gop senator is now back on track to win confirmation and succeed leon panetta. >>> violence in civil war this morning as a massive explosion rocks syria, hours after president bashar al assad's regime said it was prepared to hold talks with the rebels. they are unlikely to talk to the government they accuse of mass atrocities. according to human rights watch, the syrian military fired several ballistic missiles into residential areas of aleppo, killing more than 140 people, including 70 children. >>> today marks 20 years since the first attack on the world trade center here in new york city. the car bombing back in 1993 killed six people and left more than 1,000 others injured. the names of those victims are now inscribed at the september 11th memorial and a ceremony will be held there today. >>> a desperate race against time near monterey bay in california after the coast guard received a series of distress calls from an unidentified fam
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Feb 1, 2013 7:00am PST
chuck hagel's nomination as secretary of defense will be put to a vote some time next week. this after hagel was met with sharp questions from both sides of the aisle during his confirmation hearing on thursday. nbc's kelly o'donnell is live on capitol hill. kelly, good morning. >> good morning, matt. the white house is not sounding alarm bells but officials do say this was not a perfect performance from chuck hagel who served in the senate for 12 years, a republican from nebraska, and you would think that would make him very familiar with confirmation hearings, but it didn't turn out that way. respected for his decorated combat service in vietnam, but repeatedly pressed about his views on today's hot spots, even democrats took issue when chuck hagel referred to iran as a legitimate government. >> i do not see iran or the iran nan government as a legitimate government and i would like your thoughts on that. >> what i meant to say, should have said, it's recognizable. it's been recognized, is recognized at the un. >> reporter: both parties wanted reassurance on israel. >> i'm a strong s
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Feb 12, 2013 7:00am PST
step towards confirmation. chuck hagel should get committee approval later today, meaning he could get confirmed by thursday. >> chuck todd at the white house. thank you. >>> valerie jarrett is senior advisor to president obama. ms. jarrett, good morning to you. >> good morning, savannah. how are you? >> very well, thank you. i do want to talk about the state of the union. let's start with north korea. the u.n. is convening an emergency meeting at the security council. the basic question is what options are left against a country that may be among the most sanctioned condition tris in the world and yet continues to defy? >> well, as we said earlier, it was a highly provocative act. it violates numerous u.n. security council resolutions. it is a threat to the region. it is a threat to the united states. it is destabilizing and it's not actually in the best interests of north korea. it doesn't strengthen north korea, it actually makes it more vulnerable. it isolates it and it increases the impoverishment of the country. we expect the international community will have a very firm resp
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Feb 1, 2013 4:30am EST
hagel gets downright offensive. and lions and tigers and bears, oh my, "early today" starts right now. >> announcer: this is "early today" for friday, february 1st, 2013. >>> good morning, i'm mara schiavocampo. super bowl weekend is here as fans of both the baltimore ravens and the san francisco 49ers descend upon new orleans, the town known for its lavish matters is gearing up for one of its biggest parties ever. nbc's jay gray is live for the latest. >> reporter: good morning, mara. from outside the beautiful superdome lit up in new orleans. look, depending on your perspective, a lot of people either ending their party or continuing into new orleans. the perfect city to hold such a big bash. a lot of people looking forward to the game. but as you talked about, a lot of people looking forward to a lot of things. for many, it's the ads that air on super sunday. we have a sneak peek of some you'll see. >> hey, son, have fun tonight. ♪ ♪ >> you know what this room needs? a smile. who wants to come with i? ♪ traveling along there's a song that we're singing come on get happy ♪ >
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Feb 13, 2013 4:00am EST
some other stories making news this morning. chuck hagel is one step closer to becoming secretary of defense. the senator armed services committee approved his nomination along party lines 14-11. hearings became heated after texas senator ted cruz suggested hagel received money from what he called quote extreme and radical groups. >> this senator feels like that senator cruz has gone over the line. he basically has impugned the patriotism of the nominee. >> senator hagel is an honorable man. he's served his country and no one on this committee at anytime should impugn his character or his integrity. >> meanwhile, treasury secretary jack lew heads to capitol hill for his confirmation hearing. it's confirmed that he will succeed timothy geithner. >>> conditions seem to be going from bad to worse aboard the abandoned cruise ship. those on board said filled with sick passengers, scarce food and only a handful of toilets. the ship is being towed. >>> and a tiny affenpinscher beat out hundreds to win best in show at the westminster kennel club. banana joe, or joe, was best in show. >>>
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Feb 1, 2013 4:30am EST
years ago. more than 60,000 people have been killed in that war. chuck hagel is expected to be confirmed as defense secretary despite a rough day of questioning on capitol hill. his record as a senator caused frequent concern for the senate armed services committee. in 2001 hagel voted against sanctions on iran to stop the country from obtaining nuclear weapons. he apologized for his offensive comments that accuse israeli lobbyists of intimidating lawmakers. >> you said the jewish lobby, that term shouldn't have been used, it should have been some other term. name one person in your opinion who is intimidated by the israeli lobby in the united states senate. >> i have stated that i regret the terminology. >> but you said back then, it makes us do dumb things. >> if confirmed, hagel would be the first vietnam veteran to be defense secretary. his supporters say his experience makes him uniquely qualified. a vote is expected next week. >>> today in virginia, texting while driving could get closer to becoming illegal. a senate committee will vote on that legislation today. one bill
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Feb 18, 2013 4:00am PST
down vote in the senate. it now appears chuck hagel will get the vote when senators return. two top republicans say they will stop efforts to stall his confirmation. that filibuster came a day after hagel was approved by the armed services committee on a party-line vote. one of his most vocal opponents says while he doesn't believe hagel is qualified, he won't hold up the process. >> i thought we had an agreement to wait a week so the remaining questions would be answered, but i understand the white house wanted a vote. they got a vote. we will have a vote when we get back. i'm confident that senator hagel will probably have the votes necessary to be confirmed as the secretary of defense. >> the gop it says blocked hagel's nomination in an effort to further examine his record and views on israel and iran. senate majority leader harry reid hopes to bring a final vote to the floor when congress goes back in session next monday. >>> residents in coastal new england are cleaning up after yet another blast of winter weather following the big blizzard last weekend. parts of the northeast
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Feb 22, 2013 4:00am PST
making news this morning. chuck hagel now has the 60 senate votes needed to be confirmed as the nation's next defense secretary after winning support from richard shelby of alabama who took part in the filibuster. a vote is expected tuesday. meanwhile, 15 republican senators have sent a letter to president obama urging him to withdraw hagel's nomination saying he lacks broad bipartisan support. >>> former illinois cop drew peterson has been sentenced to 38 years in prison for the 2004 murder of his third wife kathleen savio. in a rare courtroom outburst 59-year-old screamed, "i did not kill kathleen." peterson is still a suspect in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife stacy. >>> a crewless russian cruise ship is adrift in the ocean after the cable snapped twice while being towed. the ghost ship has no power lights making it a threat to other vessels. the ship's owner is in talks with salvage companies to locate and retrieve it. >>> massive mutant gold fish are being found in lake tahoe. scientists believe they were dumped there by aquarium owners and could have a negative i
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Feb 7, 2013 6:00am EST
armed services committee decided to delay the vote on former senator chuck hagel. that's after republicans demanded more information. several senators want more details on hagel's business dealings and the content of past speeches. democrats say the move is just political posturing, and they fully expect hagel to be confirmed. >>> it could be a grueling day for president obama's pick to head the cia. john brennan will face tough questions from democrats and republicans during his confirmation hearing. brennan, the president's chief counterterrorism adviser, is under scrutiny for the administration's use of drone strikes to kill suspected terrorists overseas. the senate intelligence committee will also likely grill him over his support for the bush administration's interrogation policies. brennan served in the cia under president george w. bush. >>> members of the senate intelligence committee will soon learn more about the obama administration's drone program. the white house says the justice department sent classified advice about the program to the senate and house intelligen
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Feb 1, 2013 4:00am EST
hagel expected to be confirmed despite a contentious confirmation hearing. he spent hours answering questions from the armed services committee in the senate. lawmakers wanted clarification on various positions hagel has taken in the past. at one point he grappled over whether he was wrong to oppose the 2007 surge in iraq. >> were you correct or incorrect when you said that the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam. >> i'm not going to give you a yes or no. it's far more complicated than that. >> if confirmed, hagel will replace leon panetta as defense secretary and be the only republican in president obama's cabinet and the first vietnam veteran to hold that position. the transportation secretary who is also a republican expected to resign as well. this should be wrapped up with the senate vote for chuck hagel next week. >>> it's 4:06. a judge will decide whether to declare a mistrial days after a culpeper police officer was convicted of manslaughter. two dtionaries and a thesaurus. >> jurors looked over the definition of malice. dan
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Feb 1, 2013 4:00am PST
age of 88. dramatic and contention day of testimony for senator charlie hagel. >> reporter: john mccain seized on hagel's opposition to the surge in iraq. >> the question is, are we right or wrong? that's a pretty straightforward question. >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no answer. >> reporter: over his 2008 comments related to israel that a quote jewish lobby intimidate a lot of people in congress. >> name one person in your opinion who is intimidated by the israeli lobby in the united states senate. >> well, first -- >> name one. >> i don't know. >> reporter: hagel was repeatedly pressed by both democrats and republicans to make clear this point on israel. >> i strongly support israel. >> reporter: and clarified his stan on iran. >> by the way, i've just been handed a note that i misspoke. >> reporter: hagel said he fully backs the president's position that iran cannot be allowed to get nuclear weapons and says the u.s. should talk to iran. >> that was nbc's kelly o'donnell. >>> los angeles archbishop has taken action against his predecessor. the official action was
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Feb 15, 2013 4:00am PST
caused that fire. >>> this is historic. senate republican blocked chuck hagel to be secretary of defense. it's a move that plays politics with the pentagon, a move to stop debate and failed confirmation 58-40. it is the first time a defense secretary nominee has needed to clear 60 votes. the move is likely to further strain partisan tensions less than a month into president obama's second term. >> my expectation and hope is that chuck hagel, who richly deserves to get a vote on the floor of the senate will be confirmed as our defense secretary. it's just unfortunate that this kind of politics intrudes at a time when i'm still presiding over a war in afghanistan. >> there are still questions outstanding. i believe that senators have the right to have those questions answered. >> some senators say they want to examine information regarding u.s. consulate attack in benghazi. some say after next week's recess, though, hagel will be ultimately confirmed. >>> during a live streaming google hangout chat thursday president obama defended his administration's use of drones in the war on terror in
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Feb 15, 2013 6:00am EST
filibustered former senator chuck hagel's confirmation. they say they want more information on how president obama handled the deadly terror attack in benghazi, libya. the president said republicans are playing politics with national security. democrats vowed to revive the vote after they return to a week long break. >>> john kerry picked the university of virginia to make his first foreign policy speech as secretary of state. he will address students and staff next wednesday. it will be followed by a series of speeches across the country. he will also make his first overseas trip as secretary of state to europe and the middle east. >>> today is a busy day for president obama. first he'll welcome italian president to the white house. napolitano is about to leave office after serving a seven-year term. the obama administration calls the visit a "farewell call". >> then the president flies to his hometown of chicago. there he will visit a school in the same area where he owns a home. he's expected to detail economic conditions. as well as push for a vote on gun control in congress. >
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Feb 7, 2013 4:30am EST
. the senate armed services committee decided to delay the vote on former senator chuck hagel after demands for more information from republicans. several senators have asked for more detail of hagel's business dealings and contents of past speeches. democrats say the move is just political posturing, and they fully expect hagel to be confirmed. >>> 4:36. florida senator marco rubio will deliver the republican response to the president's state of the union address. the 41-year-old cuban american lawmaker spoke at last year's republican national convention. he's part of a bipartisan effort to craft a comprehensive immigration reform bill. rubio was elected to the senate in 2010. he will now give the gop's rebuttal on tuesday after the presidential address. >>> some rare praise from virginia democrats for the republican speaker of the house. they're commending speaker bill howell for killing a gop redistricting plan. howell ruled that the moment which would have redrawn senate district lines was not relevant to the legislation it was attached to. senate republicans pushed through the
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Feb 13, 2013 4:00am PST
veteran colleagues. "early today" is back in two minutes. >>> chuck hagel is one step closer to becoming secretary of defense. an entire senate vote. hearings became heated after texas senator ted cruz suggested hagel received money from what he called, quote, extreme and radical groups. >> this senator feels like that senator cruz has gone over the line. he basically has impugned the patriotism of the nominee. >> senator hagel is an honorable man. he's served his country and no one on this committee at anytime should impugn his character or his integrity. >> meanwhile, treasury secretary nominee jack lew heads to capitol hill for his confirmation hearing. if confirmed he will succeed timothy geithner. he announced his resignation last month. >>> one moment from marco rubio's statement. rubio reached off camera for a small bottle of water. the awkward water break immediately drew thousands of reactions on twitter. it was a top twitter reaction. >>> conditions seem to be going from bad to worse aboard the abandoned cruise ship in the gulf of mexico. those on board describe the sh
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Feb 8, 2013 4:00am PST
panetta. who will be replaced by chuck hagel if replaced by the senate. >>> and michelle obama plans to travel to chicago to attend the funeral for 15-year-old hadiya pendleton. an honor a student and band majorette who participated in the inauguration festivities. hadiya was the victim of gun violence last week. fatally shot about a mile from the obama home. no arrests have been made. >> now to our big story of the day, that potentially historic blizzard bearing down on the northeast. if jim cantore shows up in your town it's bad news. jim is live in boston this morning. jim, how bad will it be? >> reporter: going to be bad. i brought a yardstick with me. we're starting with nothing. nothing on the ground pap few patches. we're ready to measure this thing. a high impact event coming from the northeast and that's why the governor said look we want you off the roads by noon. all non-essential, non-emergency personnel please be off the road by noon. we just have to think back to this blizzard that happened in 1978 almost 35 years ago to the day that crippled boston. thousands of
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Feb 26, 2013 4:00am PST
forward on chuck hagel's nomination as secretary of defense. >>> chicago voters in former congressman jesse jackson jr.'s district will brave the snow to cast their vote in today's special primary to replace him. >>> if the senate finance committee approves jack lew as the treasury secretary today a full senate vote could come as early as tomorrow. >>> on top of all that, could lawmakers prevent the sequester's $75 billion automatic spending cuts? nbc's tracie potts is live in washington. good morning to you. who feels those cuts first if congress fails to act, a lot of people are asking? >> reporter: a lot of people could. we're talking about heating assistance, food for new mothers being scaled back, fewer dollars for school construction, unemployment checks for long-term unemployed people could be cut back 10%. with all of that going on in washington, president obama is headed out of washington, headed south to newport news, virginia, where he'll speak at the business of a shipbuilder that has ties to jobs all over the country, using this autos a back drop to make his point to the
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Feb 12, 2013 4:30am EST
nebraska senator chuck hagel could be one step closer to being confirmed. the committee plans to put the nomination up for a vote. >>> now to the ongoing search for the ex-officer wanted for murder. new documents reveal christopher dorner might have fled to mexico. as police continue their manhunt across southern california, authorities are searching more than 30 square miles across the big bear area, which includes a popular ski resort. dorner's burned-out truck was found in the area with weapons and camping gear inside. dorner was fired a few years ago from the lapd and it's believed his attacks are part of a revenge plot. >> to be targeted because you took an oath to protect others, to have your family targeted because they're related to you, that is absolutely terrifying. >> authorities have increased security along the u.s./mexico border and warn airport security to be on the lookout for dorner. >>> two men are if jail this morning accused of killing a 15-year-old who recently performed during inauguration festivities here in washington. chicago police say hadiya pendleton was n
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Feb 23, 2013 6:00am EST
alone. how american workers just broke a record. we're goin >>> one of former senator chuck hagel's biggest critics says he will now vote to confirm him as defense secretary. senator john mccain said he and his senate colleagues will support hagel as leader of the pentagon. republicans and others filibustered hagel's confirmation last week. mccain says he expects fahagel be confirmed next week. >>> microsoft deals with a string of problems. the latest involves a worldwide outage for a service that stores data. the service went down yesterday afternoon. the company says it's slowly restoring the program. to add on to the problems, it's the latest company to suffer a hacking attack. it's giving few details about what happened but said it affected a small number of employees' computers. no customer data was stolen during the attack. microsoft now joins facebook, twitter, and apple as online companies that have been hacked in the past month. >>> if you've noticed that your office has been a little empty this winter, you're not alone. more americans called out of work sick in january tha
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Feb 12, 2013 6:00am EST
the cia. his possible replace. chuck hagel, could be one step closer to being confirmed today. the nomination will be put to a vote. >>> one of panetta's last acts as defense secretary was to extend a list of benefits for same sex spouses and significant others of service members. the perks which were previously denied by the pentagon include child care services, as well as access to on-base commissaries and movie theaters. the policy changes go into effect once training is completed. >> jobs do you know about what's on your credit report? as many as 40 million americans have errors on their credit reports, things like misspelled names, wrong addresses and birth dates. and even in some cases, wrong payment history. those mistakes can keep you from getting a loan, qualifying for lower interest rates and even cost you your job. if you find an error on your credit report, you should immediately contact the credit agencies. >>> this morning, intrigue is building around the world about who will be the next pope. next month more than 100 cardinals will meet at the vatican to begin the cl
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Feb 13, 2013 5:00am EST
vote could happen sometime this week to approve chuck hagel as the nation's next defense secretary. the senate armed services committee voted along party lines in hagel's favor. hagel faces opposition from his fellow republicans. many challenged his past statements on -- hagel is president obama's choice to succeed leon panetta. >>> health officials in new zealand won't be adding health warnings on soft drink labels. after a woman who drank two gallons of coca-cola a day died of a heart attack. a coroner said the amount of soda and caffeine she drank likely led to imbalances that caused her heart problems. officials with the food and grocery council say labels will not save anyone who chooses to drink 30 cans of coke a day. >>> the federal trade commission says the makers of four loko will be required to put an alcohol fat panel on the backs of every can. the facts include the alcohol by volume and number of servings. fusion came under pier for deceptive marketing. they will also have to change the cans containing more than 2 1/2 servings of alcohol so they can be resealed and not
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Feb 25, 2013 6:00am EST
put a hold on chuck hagel's confirmation process for secretary of defense. but a vote on the former nebraska senator is expected tomorrow. >> u.s. military leaders are denying accusations of soldier brutality from hamid karzai. karzai ordered all u.s. special operation forces out of the wardak province. a stronghold in central afghanistan. u.s. forces were involved in the kidnapping, torture and murder of afghan civilians and suspects. this comes on the heels of car guy his forces from calling in nato air strikes in areas. saying there's been too many civilian deaths. >>> breaking news out of vatican city. angie goff at the live desk. >>> we've confirmed aaron, that cardinal keith o'brien has stepped down as archbishop. he's the most senior roman catholic cleric. this follows allegations that he denies of inappropriate behavior that dates back to the 1980s. inappropriate behavior towards other priests. >> the vatican is expected to -- at the live desk, angie goff. >>> the archbishop of wash ton, cardinal worrell is in rome to say goodbye to the pope. before leaving, he celebrated a
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Feb 26, 2013 4:30am EST
there. >>> here's a live look at the capitol right now. hagel's confirmation has been held up on the hill for more than a week after a first ever filibuster of a defense secretary nominee. some of his vocal critics are offering to support his confirmation. if senators vote today to end of filibuster, a final vote to install hagel could happen any time between this afternoon and tomorrow. >>> the senate could begin drafting final bills to curb gun violence. patrick leahy wants to start writing legislation thursday. all of the showdown over sequestration could delay that. the senate judiciary committee will likely consider two bills, one banning assault weapons and high capacity magazines and another for background checks. >>> we'll have a reporter at the supreme court later this morning. the justices will hear arguments to determine if and when police can take a dna from a suspect. prosecutors used dna to convict a man of rape. the high court overturned the conviction saying police didn't have authority to take april sample after he was arrested his attorney argued they violated his r
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Feb 3, 2013 9:00am EST
leon pennetta comes to the defense of hagel. he says, quote, the political knives were out." he says the questions focused on his past statements and not enough on the future of the defense department and the war on terrorism. and he added hagel has good ideas on how to protect america >>> chuck todd is filling in for david gregory this week on "meet the press." he will interview pennetta as well as general martin dempsey, and he will sit down with bob costas, and you can catch "meet the press" at 10:30 here on nbc 4. >>> this past week twitter might have accessed the profiles of around 250,000 users, and we have more on how security companies are working to keep those sites and your information safe. >> at the offices of a security consulta consultant, a constant vigil looks for signs of attacks on them and clients. they look for ways to step ahead to block intrusions from succeeding. >> very often we see companies have not invested in responding to the fact they will sustain a breach. >> with cyber attacks on the rise against banks and social media and the systems that keep th
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Feb 1, 2013 5:00am EST
on the confirmation of chuck hagel as second of defense. he spent hours answering questions from the senate armed services committee. lawmakers wanted clarification on various positions hagel has taken in the past. he had one con stentious explanation with john mccain. >> were you correct or incorrect when you said that the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder had this country since vietnam? >> i'm not going to give you a yes or no. i think it's far more complicated than that. >> if confirmed, hagel, will replace leon panetta as defense secretary. he'd be the first vietnam veteran to hold that position. >>> at this hour, a search for a missing teenager in takoma park, maryland. this is a picture of 16-year-old vanessa hendersonment she was last seen on hudson avenue about noon yesterday. police believe she's wearing a gray sweatshirt, blue jeans and pink and black nike sneakers. she's about 5'6", 130 pounds and has a birthmark under her right eye. she has an acoustic guitar with her. if you have any information, call police. >>> virginia congressman jim moran'
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Feb 4, 2013 5:00am EST
senate is voting n whether to confirm chuck hagel. president obama nominated the former republican senator from nebraska to replace leon panetta. a rocky confirmation hearing put the nomination in jeopardy. the senators involved in the hearing, he said, did not focus on key issues. >> it's obvious that the political knives were out for chuck hagel. >> what disappointed me is that they talked a lot about past quotes. but what about what a secretary of defense is confronting today. what about the war in afghanistan, the war on terrorism. what about the budget sequester and the impact it will have on readiness. >> panetta and martin dempsey say they expect hagel will be confirmed. >>> panetta discussed u.s. drone attacks on potential terrorist targets, they said they don't come lightly. he added there's an intricate process of establishing targets. those who authorize the drone attacks make sure it's focused on terrorists. >>> a coast guard officer will be honored for rescuing a pilot from a navy jet crash. petty officer nicholas bean will receive the meritorious service medal in ches
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Feb 27, 2013 4:00am PST
case. chuck hagel will be sworn in this morning as our next defense secretary and we have some stocks to watch. plus why the protests at a good inquiry tire plant happening? >>> welcome back to "early today." here's some stories making news this morning. >>> a bus carrying a university of maine basketball team skids off an embankment north of boston. the driver was seriously injured. the team coach was treated for cuts on his face and more than 20 others have minor injuries. >>> in illinois former state lawmaker robin kelly is the democratic nominee in a race to replace jesse jackson jr. kelly's campaign was helped by $2.5 million in ads about gun control from new york's mike bloomberg. pretty action committee. >>> chuck hagel, the new defense secretary, will be sworn in at the pentagon, the former republican senator was confirmed by a vote of 58-41. after weeks of delay by senators. >>> hundreds held a vigil in new york city last night on the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of 17-year-old trayvon martin. in sanford, florida. his parents tracy martin and sybina fulton led a
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Feb 15, 2013 4:00am EST
nomination of chuck hagel to be secretary of defense. the motion to move toward a final vote failed 58-40. it's the first time a defense secretary has needed to clear 60 votes. the move is likely to further strain partisan tensions less than a month into president obama's second term. >>> my expectation and hope is that chuck hagel who richly deserves to get a vote on the floor of the senate will be confirmed as our defense secretary. it's just unfortunate that this kind of politics intrudes at a time when i'm still presiding over a war in afghanistan. >> there's still questions outstanding. i believe that senators have the right to have those questions answered. >> some senators say they want to examine information regarding the u.s. consulate attack in benghazi. majority leader harry reid plans to bring up the matter when congress plans to recess later this month. >>> during a live google hangout chat president obama defended his position on the war on terror insisting everything he's done is legal. but he admitted the public should know about how the program works. >> what i thin
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Feb 26, 2013 4:30am EST
expected to vote on whether to move forward on chuck hagel's nomination as secretary of defense. >>> chicago voters in congressman jesse jackson jr.'s district will brave the snow to replace him. >>> if the senate finance committee approves jack lew as the trek social secretary today a full senate vote could come as early as tomorrow. >>> on top of all that, could lawmakers have the sequester $75 billion in spending cuts. nbc's tracie potts is live in washington with the answer and more on that. >> reporter: mara, good morning. still no negotiations going on here in public here or behind the scenes. congress now back in session, but really no talks going on between them and the white house. president obama today heads to virginia where he'll speak at a ship builder concerned about jobs. they have job keshgzs in all 50 states. and the president is being criticized by house republicans, especially house speaker john boehner for not staying in washington. but as we're telling you there are serious differences on how to get rid of these deficits and to prevent the budget cuts from h
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Feb 8, 2013 4:30am EST
replaced by chuck hagel if replaced by the senate. >>> and michelle obama plans to travel to chicago to attend the funeral for 15-year-old hadiya pendleton. a band student and honor opportunity who participated in the inauguration festivities. hadiya was the victim of gun violence last week. fatally shot about a mile from the obama home. >>> wall street is bracing for a blizzard. keep an eye on linkedin today. the professional social media network shot up 10%. thanks to earnings that dealer doubled. >>> boeing stocks go higher. federal investigators have given the green light to testing of the dreamliner. >>> we'll see how apple fared day after. david iron horn called the company out for the bailout of cash. apple said it's consider the proposal of shares. they could build a stack of dollar bills. 9,000 miles high. they could foot the country's education bill for two years. they could give every apple employee a $1.7 million bonus. or better yet, give every american a check for $437. >>> back to the real world where hewlett-packard is following in apple's footsteps and posing new limits
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